The hospital bag is packed and ready to go…

*Side note: I’d just spent 30 minutes typing this bloody post and losing it due to an internet connection so I’m fucked off!*

I don’t have a problem packing suitcases. It appeals to my organised nature. I am a Tetris queen when it comes to packing lots of stuff into awkward spaces. I don’t even begrudge packing Dave’s suitcase for a holiday.

But the hospital bag brings great responsibility. I didn’t want to miss anything essential, even though the hospital is only a 5 minute drive away from our house so it wouldn’t have been the end of the world for someone to quickly nip back and collect something I needed. And it’s not quite the same as deciding which bikinis to take and how many pairs of shoes to pack for a holiday is it?

I had endless lists (I love a list) from dozens of apps, websites and different people who had been there and done that, but I still procrastinated. Even when 31 weeks came around (the time when the first woman in my antenatal group gave birth), I still didn’t pull my finger out of my arse and get shit packed. Probably because I didn’t actually have most of the physical shit to pack in the first place.

But to stop Dave nagging at me to get it done (and for something to do as my days are long and uneventful now I’m off work), I was armed with my lists and my mum, and after a quick trip into town to buy everything I needed, I got my bag packed in an hour (excluding the time it took to wash, dry and iron stuff).

I’ve listed below what I decided to pack (in a weekend away sized suitcase) in case people are interested or looking for inspiration. But if you think I’ve packed something I won’t need DON’T TELL ME ALRIGHT?! Because I’m not repacking that fucker again!

My stuff

  • Maternity notes
  • 2 copies of my birth plan (with additional copy left with my parents)
  • 2 pairs of fluffy black socks
  • 5 pairs of disposable knickers (from Boots)
  • 5 pairs of black maternity briefs – not granny pants (from Mothercare)
  • Pack of heavy duty maternity sanitary towels
  • Bikini top in size 18 (Β£2 from Primark) – even though it barely covers my bazookas at the moment!
  • Old tie-side bikini bottoms (even though I probably won’t be wearing them whilst labouring if I’m lucky enough to have a water birth)
  • 2 size 20 button down linen shirts in white and pale blue from Primark (in place of frumpy mumsy nightdresses which are SO not me)
  • Handful of breast pads
  • Black nursing pyjamas – shorts and vest (Β£15 from George at Asda)
  • Flip flops for walking around in instead of slippers (Β£8 from Accessorize)
  • Foam flip flops for the shower (90p from Primark)
  • Black stretchy tube dress for labouring in (Β£8 from Primark)
  • Black cotton sports shorts for labouring in (Β£2.50 from Primark)
  • Going home clothes – black loose joggers, black loose T Shirt, black zip up hoodie
  • Dark old towel
  • Dark flannel
  • Wash bag
  • Shower puff 
  • Travel sized shampoo
  • Travel sized conditioner
  • Travel sized shower gel
  • Travel sized dry shampoo
  • Travel sized toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mini hairbrush
  • Hair bobbles
  • Hair grips
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Make-up duplicates (foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara)
  • Small mirror
  • Nail file
  • Small sponge for labour
  • Small spray bottle with water in for labour
  • Make up remover pads
  • Face wipes
  • Travel sized deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Cooling leg balm
  • Relaxing room spray
  • Stretch mark/massage oil
  • Nipple cream
  • Hairdryer
  • Handheld fan
  • Batteries
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs
  • 2 carrier bags for dirty laundry
  • Snack bag – flavoured water, Lucozade Sport, straws, breadsticks, crackers, crisps etc.

Ollie’s stuff

  • 3 babygros of different sizes
  • Going home outfit
  • 2 hats
  • 1 pair of scratch mitts
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 soft blanket
  • 2 muslin squares
  • Pack of nappies
  • Nappy bags
  • Water wipes
  • Cotton wool

Things to pick up on the day

  • Hair straighteners
  • Pillow
  • Nursing bras (just haven’t bought them yet – not until 37/38 weeks)
  • Car park money
  • Mobile phones and chargers
  • Snack bag

Things I’ve decided NOT to pack

  • TENS machine
  • Dressing gown and slippers – I hate being hot, and I know our local hospital is sweltering, hence the shorts and flip flops

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